Underwriters LABORATORIES EXPANDS global photovoltaic footprint to china
In Response to Growing Demand, Photovoltaic Testing Leader, UL, Announces New Facility in Suzhou, China
The new 400squaremeter testing facility, the largest in Asia, will enable UL's customers to get their products to market faster due to increased testing capacity. This facility, which will initially house six stateoftheart test chambers, will continue to expand in 2009, as more capacity is needed. According to industry experts, the global PV market is expected to grow by 15 percent every year for the next five years, hitting $32 billion by 2012.
"Now, more than ever, manufacturers are looking for a trusted partner in the certification industry to help bring their innovations to market faster and more efficiently," said Jeff Smidt, General Manager of UL's Global Energy Business. "With the launch of our new facility, we will better serve our customers by providing a full portfolio of testing and certification services in China, as well as access to the global market."
The Renewable Energy Law passed by the Chinese government in March 2005 stipulates that 10 percent of China's energy must come from renewable resources by 2020a fact that underlines the country's increased demand for firstrate PV testing services.
"China is the third largest manufacturer of photovoltaic products in the world and production keeps increasing. It is the industry's manufacturing base, and that is why UL is growing its PV testing capacity in this region," said Smidt.
The Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence in Suzhou, China is located in the New Hi-Tech Industrial Park, 98 Hengshan Road, Suzhou New District. UL's first Center of Excellence, which opened in July 2008, is located in San Jose, California. UL is currently expanding that lab as the demand for PV certification services continues to increase. For more information on these facilities or UL's PV services go to www.ul.com/dge/photovoltaics.
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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.
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